The Great White Nope



The Great White Nope

To pardon the corruption of his White House under a black cloud, President Trump granted clemency to heavyweight great Jack Johnson. And it's better never than late.

The Mann Act happened because of Envy. It was preceded by an attempt to arrest and try the incorrigibly larger than life heavyweight immortal in the ring with a great white hope. Jim Jeffries couldn't carry the jockstrap of Jack Johnson– as Larry Holmes and Rocky Marciano would agree — and was carried to a beating in front of a sea of racists that wanted to see him drown.
To underscore who the cocky Johnson was and what he was facing as the black heavyweight champion of the world in July 1910, this would be like a modern Palestinian filled with his spirit challenging the best Israeli soldier in Jerusalem and beating him in front of the entire world. And just because, then taking Miss Israel home with a gold-toothed smile.
Johnson redefined bold and rearranged convention in a way hard to imagine today. Understand the climate of an openly racist United States in 1913 and the vindictive banksters still pissed off about Johnson's arrogant ass. He was Wilder than Deontay and more flamboyant than Ali. Those same bankers have just gotten away with the crime of the century via the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 (which changed the world), and this preposterous Mann Act gives them retribution for what he did to their “Great White Hope”.
To them, Johnson is an Orca whale with an Oreo diet that needs to die. As such, he's being trolled by these Wall Street psychopaths and criminals now controlling the country. They still do. He's basically charged with kidnapping a lot of consensual sex from white women all over America and is harassed out of the country. 106 years of iron rejection later, Johnson gets to roll over in a grave made from crashing his race car into a pole in 1946.
This is a curious move from Trump – a bold and unconventional one – that can go one of two ways: 1. He's either defying the Wall Street banksters he's supposed to be in league with deliberately… Or 2. He's placating a confused and isolated elite black community, perhaps one now looking at a certain president with a raised eyebrow. If you're like me (eh, I don't really recommend that) you'll go with #3, and believe the whole thing is a fucking psy-op from the pages of “The Apprentice.”
And so it is, Jack's Johnson gets a pardon– but not really him. This is an act more palatable if it comes from Barack Obama. Not only is he the rarest president of all-time because he's black, but if it is he who issues a rare post-humous clemency to an athlete who wouldn't kneel to Wall Street, it authenticates Obama's ascension to president as real instead of puppeteered. Critics of Obama will cite his lack of bravery; he'd often conjure JFK or Lincoln, but drew a line when it came to their eloquent grit and sense of principled defiance in the face of would-be white oppressors.
You can call this what you want, but I don't trust this decision or this president. Not when it comes from a man who paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 for something she would've crossed state lines to give Johnson for free.
I beg your pardon.

Senior correspondent for NY Fights and author of upcoming book, "The Fist Club." Conscious indie recording artist "T@z" and humanist advocate for the Green Party.